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Best Dog Shampoo for Itchy Skin

In this post we are going to look at identifying signs of itchy skin, what causes it and what we' as responsible pet owners can do to help alleviate symptoms until the root cause has been found (if it can be found). Alternatively you can scroll down to skip to our thoughts for best dog shampoo for itchy skin.

Signs of itchy skin

First we need to identify if your dog is suffering from itchy skin. There are several tell tale signs such as incessant scratching, nibbling and/or excessive licking certain parts of their body, rash/redness on skin, sores, stained fur and in some cases alopecia (bald patches). If your dog is suffering from any of these mentioned above please continue reading.

Causes

Before we look at any causes we want to make you aware that itchy skin is common and something that most dog owners will have to deal with over the course of their pets life. Lets take a closer look.

Fleas - Flea bites can cause incredibly itchy spots for dogs anywhere on the body however they will most likely appear the the rear of your pet such as hind legs, base of the tail any anywhere else fleas like to hide. If you look for fleas and you're unable to see any at first glance, it does not necessarily mean they are not there. All it takes is one flea bite to cause an itchy spot and your dog will notice it the same way you would if a mosquito bit you.

Environmental Allergies - There are many environmental triggers that can cause itchy skin and although some may be more prevalent in certain seasons like pollen they can be present all year round such as from dust mites and mold spores. Allergic reactions may also be caused by a new grooming or cleaning products with harsh ingredients when they come in contact to the skin. 

Food Allergies - Dogs like humans can suffer from food allergies which can sometimes trigger itchy skin in areas such as their face, feet, stomach and armpits. They're typically caused by more common ingredients like chicken, beef, dairy and gluten.

Skin Infections - Bacterial and yeast infections on the skin can be distressing for dogs and also a cause for itchiness. Bacterial infections are typically caused by scratching which has resulted in damaged/irritated skin and can be found anywhere on the body. Yeast infections however are more likely to be found in areas of folded skin such as in-between toes, ears, neck and underneath the tail. Both bacterial and yeast infections will show signs of redness, greasiness and a unpleasant odour. 

How to deal with itchy skin?

Now we have looked at identifying signs and causes of itchy skin lets now look at how to try and deal with it and hopefully eliminate it entirely. Eliminating the cause of itchy skin can be tough and we recommend carefully going through the causes above step by step to try and establish the root cause of your pets itchy skin. If you are unable to cut it out yourself we of course recommend taking your dog to the vets who should be able to diagnose the cause of irritation. In the mean time if you're trying to determine the cause yourself, your four legged friend is still suffering from itchy skin so what can be used to help alleviate symptoms? There are many over the counter solutions, one of the more popular being a shampoo solution which brings us to topic of the article.

Best dog shampoo for itchy skin

We believe the title of best dog shampoo for itchy skin cannot be awarded to any one product however we have a range of natural dog products handmade in the UK specifically to help with itchy skin and more! Please see below.

Oatmeal & Aloe Dog Shampoo and Conditioner - click here to view

Key ingredients: Colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera, tea tree, peppermint & lavender.
Benefits: 
  • Soothes & calms itchy skin
  • Relieves irritation, dryness, dandruff and insect bites
  • Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
  • PH balanced
  • All natural ingredients and hypoallergenic formula
  • Natural scent to fight odours
  • Free from SLS, parabens & alcohol.
  • Cruelty free and vegan friendly. 
Best suited for: If you are completely unsure of the cause of your dogs itchy skin our oatmeal & aloe shampoo and conditioner will provide the best all round relief out of the products quoted in this article. It is also best suited to dogs with a history of skin problems and/or sensitive skin. 

Neem Dog Shampoo Bar - click here to view

 

 

Key ingredients:  Neem, tea tree, peppermint, lavender & citronella.
Benefits: 
  • Soothes itchy skin
  • Repels fleas & mites
  • Relieves irritation, dryness, dandruff and insect bites
  • Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
  • All natural ingredients and hypoallergenic formula
  • Natural scent to fight odours
  • Free from SLS, parabens & alcohol
  • Cruelty free and vegan friendly
Best suited for: If you suspect the cause of your dogs itchy skin to be from fleas or mites we would recommend our neem dog shampoo bar. This will help to repel fleas and mites whiles also soothing itchy skin. If however your dogs skin looks quite sore/sensitive we would recommend our Oatmeal & Aloe Dog Shampoo and Conditioner which is more gentle of skin.

Natural Dog Paw & Nose Balm - click here to view

Key ingredients: Beeswax, shea butter, hemp oil, peppermint, lavender, citronella.

Benefits: 
  • Soothes itchy skin
  • Deeply moisturising
  • Relieves irritation and dryness
  • Anti-bacterial & anti-fungal
  • All natural ingredients and hypoallergenic formula
  • Safe to lick & cruelty free
Best suited for: If you notice your dog is excessively licking or nibbling their nose and/or paws we would recommend our balm which will deeply moisturise itchy skin whilst also being safe to lick. We would also recommend our balm for areas  of folded skin such as in-between toes, ears, neck and underneath the tail.

Disclaimer

We are not vets nor are we qualified to give out professional medical advise to you regarding your pet. The information above has been researched, complied and presented for your benefit from reputable organisations such as the PDSA and AKC. 


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